Arab Self-Criticism and Acknowledging the Real Enemy of the Arab People

I have complained repeatedly at my blog about the lack of self-criticism in the Arab world, the pathetic way that honor demands that all Arabs line up against Israel, even though Arab elites are the real enemy of the Arab people. So it’s with great pleasure that I post the following piece by Abdulateef al-Mulhim published in Arab News. On the other hand, since this is over a year old and has not had much of a visible impact on the discussion in the Arab world, maybe my complaints remain current. Indeed, in his latest piece, Al-Mulhim taunts the still-string irrational Arab hostility to Israel. Alas.

Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy


Published — Saturday 6 October 2012

Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967.
The 1967 War lasted only six days. But, these three wars were not the only Arab-Israel confrontations. From the period of 1948 and to this day many confrontations have taken place. Some of them were small clashes and many of them were full-scale battles, but there were no major wars apart from the ones mentioned above. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced. On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.

I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East.

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.

These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.

In the past, we have talked about why some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians. Also, we saw Israeli planes and tanks attack various Arab countries. But, do these attacks match the current atrocities being committed by some Arab states against their own people.

In Syria, the atrocities are beyond anybody’s imaginations? And, isn’t the Iraqis are the ones who are destroying their own country? Wasn’t it Tunisia’s dictator who was able to steal 13 billion dollars from the poor Tunisians? And how can a child starve in Yemen if their land is the most fertile land in the world? Why would Iraqi brains leave Iraq in a country that makes 110 billion dollars from oil export? Why do the Lebanese fail to govern one of the tiniest countries in the world? And what made the Arab states start sinking into chaos?

On May 14, 1948 the state of Israel was declared. And just one day after that, on May 15, 1948 the Arabs declared war on Israel to get back Palestine. The war ended on March 10, 1949. It lasted for nine months, three weeks and two days. The Arabs lost the war and called this war Nakbah (catastrophic war). The Arabs gained nothing and thousands of Palestinians became refugees.

And on 1967, the Arabs led by Egypt under the rule of Gamal Abdul Nasser, went in war with Israel and lost more Palestinian land and made more Palestinian refugees who are now on the mercy of the countries that host them. The Arabs called this war Naksah (upset). The Arabs never admitted defeat in both wars and the Palestinian cause got more complicated. And now, with the never ending Arab Spring, the Arab world has no time for the Palestinian refugees or Palestinian cause, because many Arabs are refugees themselves and under constant attacks from their own forces. Syrians are leaving their own country, not because of the Israeli planes dropping bombs on them. It is the Syrian Air Force which is dropping the bombs. And now, Iraqi Arab Muslims, most intelligent brains, are leaving Iraq for the west. In Yemen, the world’s saddest human tragedy play is being written by the Yemenis. In Egypt, the people in Sinai are forgotten.

Finally, if many of the Arab states are in such disarray, then what happened to the Arabs’ sworn enemy (Israel)? Israel now has the most advanced research facilities, top universities and advanced infrastructure. Many Arabs don’t know that the life expectancy of the Palestinians living in Israel is far longer than many Arab states and they enjoy far better political and social freedom than many of their Arab brothers. Even the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip enjoy more political and social rights than some places in the Arab World. Wasn’t one of the judges who sent a former Israeli president to jail is an Israeli-Palestinian?

The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.

— This article is exclusive to Arab News.
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6 Responses to Arab Self-Criticism and Acknowledging the Real Enemy of the Arab People

  1. Joanne says:

    “The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East. ”

    This is surprising. I thought the most respected was Al-Jazeera. This is a relief to hear, as I heard that Al-Arabiya is less biased than Al-Jazeera.

  2. Joanne says:

    Sorry, I meant to add that the quote in my last comment came from the article highlighted in this post.

  3. mika. says:

    Both the “Arabs” and Israelis are being played. Played by the Vatican/CIA mafia. Both are losers because both can’t see who their real enemy is.

    “All warfare is based on deception. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

    And that is exactly what’s going on. After the Vatican/Nazi genocide of the Western European Jewry and the Vatican/Bolshevik genocide of Eastern European Jewry, the remaining Jews are herded into Israel for the planned genocide by the Vatican/CIA Islamo-Nazis.

    People are so propagandized by the Vatican/CIA propaganda matrix, that even the mention of the words Vatican/CIA, elicits a stupor of denial and emotional hostility that cannot be explained rationally. This is emotional and intellectual conditioning through propaganda.

    • sshender says:

      This is pure gold! For more fun, substitute Vatican/CIA for Martians/Mickey Mouse or any other combination.

      • mika says:

        Yeah, right, Martians and Mickey Mouse. So creative you are.

        People are fooled by smiles and soothing words, especially Jews. But the currents of bad intentions are plainly there. Only the willfully blind, because they are immersed in lying propaganda, can not and will not see.

        When king Solomon accepted the presence of the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut on Israeli soil, he opened up the country to her spies and agents. Her propaganda was smooth full of warm complementary words, as recorded at Deir el Bahari near Thebes in Egypt. But her stepson Thutmose III, and co-ruler with her on the throne, less than a generation later decorated his palaces with the spoils he took from Israel. The record of vessels and furniture taken from Solomon’s Temple is made available on bas-relief at Karnak.

        The scheme to divide and conquer was already hatched during the visit of Hatshepsut. But king Solomon was an idiot and a fool. He not only allowed Egypt and her agents in, he allowed Egypt to divide the country by way of other peoples and other deities, and by way of Jeroboam whom Egypt harbored as her agent. Solomon did not declare war on Egypt, as he should, and he left Israel in a more and more vulnerable position. Israel soon lost her independence.

        Same with the Roman entry into Israel. Same today with Vatican/CIA, and their sponsored Jihadistanis carving Israel to ever smaller and impossible to defend pieces. All the while, the Vatican/CIA propaganda agents are busy de-legitimizing Israel from within and without, via their “NGOs” and sponsored agents.

        Israel is playing a very stupid game allowing this to continue. It is a losings game, as time is not on Israel’s side, and neither are her Vatican/CIA/CFR bought and paid for politicians.

  4. sshender says:

    A few observations:

    1. “The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced” – Not the truism the author claims it to be.

    2. “These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.” – this is not a controversial meme among Arabs, especially the “oppressed” Islamists. A truly refreshing thought would be one that is not afraid to look in the mirror of the Arab prime-divider culture and physche and concede that it is primitive and violent in nature, and no matter the ruler – it is not likely to change unless the Arab world goes through a far reaching reformation.

    3.”In the past, we have talked about why some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians.” – the acknowledgement that Israel’s worse transgressions are dwarfed by Arabs’ mistreatment of their own kind is in itself laudable, but it stops short of accepting that most were a necessary evil and usually carried out with exemplary restraint.

    4. “And how can a child starve in Yemen if their land is the most fertile land in the world?” – typical Arab fantasy thinking? Only a few percent of Yemen’s land are arable, and of those few percent, none would be deemed among world’s fertile. Not even the Arab world’s.

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